As the John McAfee story continues to make headlines, major media outlets have been spotted on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
CNN International Correspondent Martin Savidge arrived in San Pedro yesterday afternoon and met with the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia, Jr., and San Pedro’s Mayor, Daniel Guerrero.
Savidge, working in conjunction with Belize Channel 5, set up the November 14 interviews to learn more about the murder of local resident Greg Faull, and the potential involvement of John McAfee.
This Examiner, along with Dorian Nunez, owner and editor of the local Ambergris Today newspaper, were on hand for the interviews with CNN yesterday evening.
Mayor Guerrero confirmed to Ambergris Today that McAfee is not an official suspect in the murder of Greg Faull at this time. “At this point I just update them with the official police reports and that is that Mr. McAfee is only wanted for questioning in the murder case at this point and that he is eluding the law right now; he is in hiding.”
As the media coverage has been less than positive about the country of Belize itself, Mayor Guerrero has extended invitations to all media personnel to take tours of the island and the rest of the country. He wants the media to see that Belize is not a crime-ridden warzone that some news outlets have portrayed it as.
“I am doing my best to explain to the media about the strange murder case that now involves a high profile individual, but I am also doing my best in showing them what a beautiful country we live in,” stated Mayor Guerrero. “I have also met with the family of Mr. Faull who has arrived to the island and assisting them in any way possible to ease their grieving. We are all hoping that justice will be served in the death Mr. Faull.”
Ambergris Today and I spoke with Savidge briefly about the fact that the crime itself and the victim, Greg Faull, have been lost in the media frenzy as most story angles have focused solely on McAfee and his bizarre run from the law.
Savidge spoke with several local residents and interviewed American expat Joe Chung about the media’s overall reporting angle and how little Faull has been mentioned.
“I believe the victim’s family deserves more respect. I believe the victim deserves more respect, and I believe us, as residents of Belize, deserve more respect than what the media is portraying,” Chung said. “Let’s not forget that someone died here.”
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